January 19th, 2019


"...but I'd rather be whistling in the dark."

We saw a tiny bit of weak sun yesterday, and it was a welcome thing in this cold season of rain and gloom. Currently, it's raining and a fairly warm 62˚F; we have a wind advisory and much chillier temperatures on the way.

Publishers' Weekly has given The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tachyon) a starred review:

This stellar collection of 20 reprints, drawn solely from Kiernan’s limited-edition publications, showcases her talent for blurring boundaries and creating distinctive sensory experiences. The Lovecraftian “Andromeda Among the Stones” is set against a writhing, vast seascape, where a young woman inherits a profound and terrifying family legacy. A journalist reflects on his time with a beautiful suicide cult leader who came dangerously close to calling forth something truly monstrous in the prickly, creeping “Houses Under the Sea.” The pitch-perfect noir gem “The Maltese Unicorn” is a kinky, twisted take on Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. “The Ape’s Wife,” a genre-defying standout, features King Kong’s object of affection, Ann Darrow, who, lost in a strange space called All-at-Once Time, is confronted with the many paths she might have taken. In “A Season of Broken Dolls,” a woman confronts her lover’s fascination with “stitchwork,” an art movement that takes body modification to terrifying new levels, and a young violinist discovers a terrible truth about her sister’s disappearance in “The Ammonite Violin.” With lush prose, Kiernan finds strange beauty in terrible tableaus, never failing to unsettle and inspire awe in equal measure. This versatile retrospective offers something for nearly every fan of the strange and macabre, and cements Kiernan’s legacy as the reigning queen of dark fantasy.

I should note that the stories in the collection were not "drawn solely from...limited-edition publications." Neither "The Maltese Unicorn" or "The Ape's Wife," for example, originally appeared in limited-edition collections. I very much appreciate the review, but please do your homework, people. Also, thank you for not calling me "the reigning queen of horror."

I left the house very briefly yesterday.

For breakfast, there was fried eggs and leftover Chinese food. Never say I don't share unsavory tidbits of my private life.


2:03 p.m. (yesterday)